February 11, 2013

Pope expected to live out a quiet retirement in Vatican monastery

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Castelgandolfo, located 15 miles south of Rome, has been a summer palace for popes since 1624. Religion News Service photo by Francis X. Rocca.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI will continue living inside the Vatican once his retirement becomes official on Feb. 28, but observers say he will probably keep a low profile -- both before and after the election to choose his successor.